The Sialkot-Lahore highway, which will be open to general traffic on the 30th of this month, will not only revitalize the country’s main manufacturing city, Sialkot, but will also accelerate Pakistan’s economic development. Pakistani-American entrepreneur Mussadaq Chughtai:
“The realization of this long-awaited project will improve the connectivity of the Sialkot, Gujranwala, Gujrat-Wazirabad golden industrial triangle with the rest of the country, particularly Lahore, which will lead to a large increase in exports,” he hoped. In response to a question, he responded that the area now east of Punjab and now connected by highway is an important manufacturing part of the country and accounts for approximately 15 percent of Pakistan’s annual exports.
“Exports from Sialkot included sporting goods, surgical equipment, leather clothing, riding equipment, polo equipment, badges, motorcycle accessories and agricultural products, including the world famous Basmati rice. The neighboring Gujranwala is the center for ceramic and textile products, while Wazirabad and Gujrat supply a large proportion of cutlery. The area is also the country’s agricultural heartland, ”he said.
Mossadeq Chughtai, who also founded the Pakistani-American Leadership Center, said that the new section of the highway with its connecting points would now shorten the travel time between industrial areas and shipping facilities in the capital Punjab. He quoted that the transport between Mehmood Booti (ring road) on the outskirts of Lahore and Sialkot would only take an hour.
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The journey from Lahore to Sialkot currently took about three hours, but the new M-11 motorway section would save about two hours, ultimately saving millions of rupees for fuel and ensuring fast deliveries for businesses. In another question, he said that the ease and speed of shipping, as well as the release of large sums of money, would speed up economic activity, as companies would invest more, creating more jobs and more jobs.
He said: “An increase in manufacturing will lead to an increase in exports, which Pakistan urgently needs to break out of its currently small volume of between $ 20 and $ 25 billion a year.” With modern infrastructure, Pakistan would now be much better able to diversify its manufacturing base, and it would give Pakistan a tremendous advantage in exploring the potential in new industries such as engineering and electronics. He mentioned that Sialkot International Airport, the country’s first privately-owned facility, would also see a rapid increase in passenger traffic and generate tens of millions in Pak Rupees. This summer, SIAL Air, an airline based in Sialkot, would launch three domestic flights from Airbus that would initially operate from Sialkot to Karachi-Islamabad-Lahore-Peshawar. According to official information, the Sialkot-Lahore highway was built at an approximate price of 40 billion rupees and is 91.47 km long. It consists of two lanes on each side with seven branches, namely Kala Shah Kaku, Muridke, Narowal, Gujranwala and Daska, Pasrur and Sambrial.